Nicki Minaj and Lauryn Hill were among the performers that hit the stage at the TIDAL X: 1015 benefit concert over the weekend, and it was a joyous occasion for the “Anaconda” rapper, as she met the Grammy-winning songstress.
“Excuse me while I have an outer body experience. Shaking, crying, a MESS!!!!” Nicki captioned a video of her bowing at Lauryn’s feet. “this lady is the reason. Omg. The QUEEN. Goddess! The epitome! The bar! The *faints*. Ms Lauryn Hill told me to keep “spittin dat fire”. Is this real life!????”
After canceling her GRAMMYs performance, due to what her rep tells E! News was because of its “last minute nature,” Lauryn Hill joined The Weeknd as guest – singing Weeknd’s single, “In the Night,” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“Most important experience of my life. Thank you Ms. Hill,” The Weeknd tweeted, following their performance.
Nina Simone‘s “Feeling Good” gets a retouch with a cover by Lauryn Hill. Lauryn is one of a number of musicians that have recorded covers of some of the music icon’s most memorable songs, for Netflix’s upcoming Nina Simone documentary.
While she originally agreed to record two songs for the album, according to Rolling Stone, Lauryn’s passion for the experience led to her recording six. She also went on to serve as a producer on the project, alongside Robert Glasper.
After serving her three-month sentence in the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, Lauryn Hill has been released.
TMZ reports that Lauryn, who had been locked up since July 8 after failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million in income she earned between 2005 and 2007, was released early Friday morning. She marked the occasion by releasing a brand new song, titled “Consumerism” – a track which reflects the space she was in while facing some of her recent challenges.
Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to 3 months in federal prison and an additional 3 months in home confinement after failing to pay taxes on an estimated $1.8 million in earnings.
Prior to her appearance in the Newark, N.J. courtroom on Monday, Lauryn’s attorney stated that she’d paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities. While before the judge, she explained that her intentions were to pay the taxes, but was unable to do so for a period of time.